MILAN — After New York, Washington DC and Paris, the DVF Awards will be presented this year for the first time in Venice, at a ceremony coinciding with the city’s international film festival.
“I chose Venice because the city has always been part of my life,” Diane von Furstenberg told WWD. “I compare Venice to an eternal, legendary and very resistant woman, always looking to the future.”
The annual DVF Awards were established in 2010 by designer and the Diller-von Furstenberg Family Foundation to recognize and support extraordinary women who are dedicated to transforming and inspiring the lives of other women. This edition will award $100,000 for each award for the first time, doubling the amount previously awarded each year.
Von Furstenberg will host a dinner event Thursday at the Scuola Grande San Giovanni Evangelista in Venice, founded in the 13th century. “Venice is the city that throughout history has symbolized the same courage, strength and leadership that all of these women possess,” von Furstenberg said of the winners.
“The women are very strong and we have to help each other. I could just award the money but with a ceremony that will include people like Hillary Rodham Clinton, I’m bringing women unknown to the general public together in the same room with extraordinary and famous women, to support and amplify their voices,” von said. Furstenberg. Rodham Clinton will be present on behalf of Vital Voices Global Partnership, which she founded in 1997, whose mission is to invest, connect and amplify women leaders who are taking on the world’s greatest challenges.
This year, the Lifetime DVF Award will go to Christine Lagarde, president of the European Central Bank since 2019. “She’s such an amazing woman – a woman that men listen to when she talks about money,” said von Furstenberg deadpan .
Zoya Lytvyn will receive the DVF International Award. She is a Ukrainian educator, reformer and entrepreneur who founded the non-governmental organization Osvitoria and the Ukrainian school Novopecherska, which is recognized by Microsoft as one of the 100 most innovative schools in the world and has helped change the lives of more than 4 million students in Ukraine. . “Zoya has already helped 500,000 students through COVID-19, creating for the Ukrainian government the first national online education platform called “The All-Ukrainian Online School”, which continues even after the start of the war, connecting from 120 countries around the world. Women always find a solution,” von Furstenberg said, touting how often these projects “start small and then scale up,” with exponential impact. connected to UNICEF, and it was awesome,” the designer continued.
The DVF International Prize will be awarded to Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim, a member of the Mbororo pastoral people in Chad and founder and president of the Association of Women and Indigenous Peoples of Chad (AFPAT), focused on promoting the rights of girls and women in the Mbororo community. “She advocates for greater inclusion of indigenous peoples and their knowledge and traditions in the global movement to address the effects of climate change,” von Furstenberg said, praising Ibrahim’s commitment to thousands of displaced women.
The DVF International Prize will be awarded to 10 Afghan women. In the wake of the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan and the Taliban’s restrictions on women’s education, employment and freedom, these 10 women will be honored as they work to secure a secure and sustainable future for Afghan women and girls most at risk. “Our partner organization Vital Voices worked with the Georgetown Institute of Women Peace and Security, the U.S. Department of State, and a coalition of other Afghan and American women leaders to successfully evacuate nearly 1,200 Afghan women leaders, advocates humans and their families. said von Furstenberg.
Among those evacuated, the following were chosen for their resilience and strength, ranging from activists and artists to journalists and former government officials: Muqaddesa Yourish; Shahla Farid; Shabnam Salehi; Marie Akrami; Anisa Chaheed; Storai Karimi; Shafiqa Khpalwak; Marjan Mohammadi; Mahal Wak and Shabnam Hassan Khan.
Ava DuVernay will receive the DVF Inspiration Award. “She’s fantastic, the first African-American woman to be nominated for an Oscar as a director in any feature film category, and her storytelling skills are so impactful,” von Furstenberg enthused.
The “Selma” director is currently writing, directing and producing the film adaptation of Isabel Wilkerson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning bestseller, “Caste: The Origins of Our Discontent.” DuVernay amplifies and distributes independent films for filmmakers and directors of color through Array Releasing.
The DVF Awards have supported 66 women from 27 different countries over the years.
The designer has attended the Venice Film Festival all her life and she said she plans to spend more time in the city. “Everyone says we have to save Venice, but Venice can save us,” she argued, taking advantage of its history and multifaceted appeal.
“I thought it would be appropriate to hold the event in Venice, it’s such an international city and people are always happy to go there.”